As a responsible grower in Indonesia, we Bumitama recognises that the palm oil industry must address concerns on deforestation, climate change and social injustice. As such in 2014, the Group commenced trials to assess the relevancy and viability of this "No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation" policy statement announced on 13 August 2015. For a PDF copy, please click Bumitama Sustainability Policy
All provisions in this policy, with no exception, apply to all plantations and/ or mills in our subsidiaries, associates and those which we manage. For new acquisitions, the provisions in this policy will guide the Group towards compliance within a challenging time-bound plan.
Our policy covers four areas:
- Forest Conservation and Sustainable Land Use: No peat, protection of High Conservation Values (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) landscapes, reduction of chemical fertiliser and pesticide usage, elimination of Paraquat and prevention of fire.
- Respect for Local Community Rights: Recognition of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC), efforts towards sustainable economic development models, and fair, transparent and accountable partnership with plasma smallholders.
- Respect for Workplace Human Rights: Recognition of International Labour Organisation (ILO) core conventions and the United Nations (UN) Universal Declaration on Human Rights, including a ban on forced and child labour, elimination of discrimination, provision of fair wages and working hours, and respect for freedom of association. Provision of a healthy and safe working environment, ethical conduct and efforts to eliminate corruption.
- Traceability and Responsible Sourcing: Tracking and monitoring land development in sensitive areas, ensuring that FFB processed is traceable to our own estates, plasma smallholders, local traders and independent smallholders, and ensuring that FFB is purchased from legal and responsible sources.